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Ben Franklin’s Treatise on Wind

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 AM
Benjamin Franklin was a man for the ages. His story is a familiar one. Born in Boston in 1706. The youngest of 17 children. Moved to Philadelphia in 1723. He gained fame for his experiments with electricity, and was a philosopher, diplomat, inventor, and scientist. He also was a specialist in another... Read more

Healthy NewsWorks: News that's good for kids!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:30 AM
In the late 1990s and early 2000s journalists played a critical role in increasing public awareness of the obesity epidemic and related conditions. Initial scientific reports of serious complications of obesity such as type 2 diabetes occurring in children were met with skepticism. But news reports... Read more

Grilling tip: Watch for wire brush bristles in your hot dog

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 12:49 AM
With the Fourth of July come fireworks, crowds on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and The Public’s Health's annual post about the dangers of ingesting wire bristles hot off the grill. Although we hate to cast a pall of threat over the holiday weekend, we figure its best to share information that... Read more

Expanding access to healthy food via Philadelphia farmers’ markets

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 6:30 AM
Farmers’ Market season has arrived in Philadelphia, which means that year-round markets like Clark Park are bustling with new energy and seasonal markets like Headhouse–Philly’s largest open-air market– are now open for business. But farmers’ markets are not only fun places... Read more

Antibiotic resistance: A global threat

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:30 AM
The World Health Organization last month released a detailed report warning about antimicrobial resistance as a global trend. Even the press release is scary. The modern antibiotic era began in the 1930s with the development of the first sulfa drugs, which inhibited bacterial growth, and blossomed... Read more

Book Review: Microbes that have gone missing

Friday, April 18, 2014, 6:30 AM
Just in case you were looking to add one more item to your list of Ways Humanity Threatens Itself, you’ll want to dive right into Martin J. Blaser’s Missing Microbes, out this month from Henry Holt and Co. As if it were not enough that overuse of antibiotics increases resistance to potentially... Read more

Ethicist Bernard Rollin: 'This Ain't Agriculture: How Industrial Agriculture Hurts Animals and the Public's Health'

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 6:30 AM
There are few issues in the public sector today that affect us all in the way that industrial animal agriculture does. We all eat, and almost all of the food we consume is produced by this system. Not only aren’t most of us aware of the nature of the system that provides us with our food sources... Read more

Still can't lose weight? There's always the tapeworm diet

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:30 AM
Ahhh, the quest for the perfect weight loss diet—the one that lets you eat and shed pounds. With so many Americans obese or overweight, the marketplace is full of diet books and over-the-counter drugs. There’s the Paleo diet —eat meat like a cave man! And the Mediterranean diet ... Read more

How do you measure safety? You start by setting standards.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 6:30 AM
How do you know that your water is safe to drink, your food safe to eat, and the medical tests performed by your doctor are giving accurate results? What standards do we use? Are they applied across the United States? What will we find when we travel abroad? To find out, I talked recently with Dr... Read more

Spicing up your spices with rodent hairs and Salmonella

Friday, November 1, 2013, 6:30 AM
Just when you thought our food supply was safe again. In the wake of the government shutdown that suspended many of the essential protective services of the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (we wrote about this a few weeks back), an FDA report – released... Read more
About this blog

What is public health — and why does it matter?

Through prevention, education, and intervention, public health practitioners - epidemiologists, health policy experts, municipal workers, environmental health scientists - work to keep us healthy.

It’s not always easy. Michael Yudell, Jonathan Purtle, and other contributors tell you why.

Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MSc Assistant Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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